With two Provincetown waterfront dining rooms and the Top of the Pot cocktail room, The Lobster Pot offers wonderful views along with prize-winning food. Open nearly year round, this restaurant offers the award-winning Tim's Clam Chowder and won a "Best Of" award from Cape Cod Life. The fresh seafood here is delicious, and chances are you'll see it being brought into the harbor on fishing boats. Ordering their chowder and lobster, and sitting by the water (especially at sunset) will provide a quintessentially great Cape Cod evening.
You will find this restaurant tucked away behind Commercial Street, down a clamshell alleyway and through a portal in a trellis that opens into a patio and garden. Inside is a very cozy, wine cellar with low ceilings, complete with hanging Chianti wicker basket bottles. This is the main fireside dining area for this sumptuous, legendary Provincetown eating experience. Upstairs, the Tuscany Room is decorated with paintings for sale, and an award-winning bartender offers you all manner of drinks. The food, mostly Northern Italian, is superb.
One side of this landmark is an old-fashioned restaurant complete with high-backed booths and red carpeting. The other side features a huge bar and room to mingle. The food is good in either venue. Steak, seafood and chowder are staples in the dining room, while lighter fare is the norm at the bar, where the focus is more on drinking. Cape Cod restaurants come and go, but this popular spot, especially at night, remains a fun place to grab a bite or share a drink with friends.
The scenic dinner train is the Cape's entry in the novelty dining experience category. Dress up for a three-hour tour among cranberry bogs and marshes in a restored 1937 dinner coach. From Hyannis, the train crosses the canal and then stops in Bourne while you consume your entrée choice, usually steak, chicken, fish, or pasta. The Elegant Dinner Train was named one of the top three nationwide by the Food Network Dining on the Train. A full bar is available.
You'll probably experience the best meal you will ever have in this 200-year-old barn. The cozy restaurant serves American and French cuisine and uses local produce and ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes with the seasons but entrées can include duckling, lamb, veal and salmon. The fireplaces, glass and pottery by Cape Cod artists and the lush flower garden make for a romantic dinner setting. The wine list here is extensive and superb. Reservations are required.
Management at this casual eatery understands that most patrons prefer outdoor seating, so the decks are chock-full of tables overlooking the harbor. This establishment has two large bars and lounges and three dining areas. Watch the Nantucket ferries come and go as you try the lobster roll, the rich and creamy clam chowder or abundant sandwiches. Heartier fare complements the evening menu. Tugboat's is a great refuge, even on rainy days. A popular nightspot, head for the tiny upstairs bar where folks at the bar swill tropical drinks to music with a Caribbean beat.
Perched on the edge of a marsh across from Gull Pond Road on Route 6 in Wellfleet, Moby Dick's comes as a welcome surprise to the hungry tourist. Unassuming and simple in decor—benches and plastic tablecloths—this family restaurant offers good, simply prepared seafood at a very reasonable price. You can spread out and make a mess (using the plastic bibs) while cracking open the fresh lobster or clams, or chewing corn on the cob, so this is a particularly child-friendly eating environment.
One of New England's liveliest haunts, The Beachcomber is more than just good food and drinks. Located on Cahoon Hallow Beach, this is where you can enjoy a fine meal and drink with the view of the horizon. Find a table amidst the sandy shore, or head indoors for a quieter, more intimate experience. Take your pick from its seemingly limitless options of spirits and beers, or opt for one of the signature cocktails to get things started. The food menu comprises a choice of contemporary favorites, of which the Beachcomber Burger, Eastham Mussels and Swordfish Steak are not-to-be-missed. To top it all, live bands and DJs raise the energy levels, with a selection of classic and modern hits.
One of the area's most loved breakfast spots, Laura and Tony's Kitchen never fails to make your mornings enjoyable. Set within a cozy, country cottage, this is an ideal spot for a quiet, hearty meal. Taking pride in its fresh food, policy, everything served at this restaurant is crafted from locally-sourced ingredients. Savor their signature Cinnamon Rolls, Eggs Benedict, Smoked Bacon Sausage Links, and Homemade Bagels, and pair it up with a refreshing cup of coffee.
As the name suggests, Local Break offers a refreshing break to those looking for local draft beers and some wholesome food. The creative cocktails and delicious home-made sangria served here are exceptional. The food menu features a contemporary twist on traditional American classics made with fresh and local ingredients. The restaurant also has a daily specials menu for those looking for something different. A spacious bar with tall chairs make the Local Break perfect for mingling with the locals and making new friends. The casual and inviting atmosphere of the bar along with friendly bartenders, are sure to make you stay for one more drink.